Explore the Night with Bob King

Follow Bob King as he explores the mysteries awaiting us in the night sky. An amateur astronomer since childhood, long-time member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), and community educator, King posts every week on topics ranging from the near to the very far. Start aurora-watching, exoplanet-imagining, and peer deeper into the Pleiades than you ever have before.

King takes us on an adventure every week — all you’ll need to do is look up.

Time Travel for Skywatchers

Time travel is one of the best things about astronomy. Check out two websites that give skywatchers a more visceral sense of stellar distances and how constellations change shape across the sweep of time.

Walking with Arcturus

Stars are time machines that can transport us into the past or future. They can also illuminate our own personal journeys, as Arcturus did for me one night.

Happy finders!

Michigan Meteorite Tally Multiplies

They look like leftover gravel from a freshly laid asphalt road, but the black stones that spattered across the snow in the wake of the January 16th Michigan fireball were anything but terrestrial. They belonged to a tiny asteroid on a recent foray to the outer asteroid belt but now grounded for good on Earth.…